Provenance and continuity are of the utmost importance for fashion label King & Tuckfield. This is evident not only from its name – it comes from that of founder Stacey Wood’s grandmother Joan Marion King, a ballet dancer and teacher who grew up in London’s East End before moving to Yorkshire, and her father Graham Aubrey Tuckfield, who served as a soldier in the second world war – but also from its manufacturing techniques, which have a firm eye on the past.
Both elements of this history resonate with me: my mother was evacuated as a child to northwest England as German bombs pummelled Plaistow, and my father was conscripted and became a very young Desert Rat; the handwoven, 14oz Japanese selvedge denim, meanwhile, used to make the brand’s vintage-inspired, wide-leg Marion jeans (£260), speaks of Wood’s desire to create timeless, premium pieces that will endure and create a history of their own – values I wholeheartedly endorse.
As the company name also suggests, King & Tuckfield caters to both men and women. Its garment shapes and silhouettes are classic with a midcentury spin. Witness its fine-knit T-shirts made from 100 per cent sustainable merino wool (I particularly like the women’s long-sleeved version, £95); that history keeps coming to the fore in swatches that are colour-matched to old family photos; the fact that the denim is made in Walthamstow, where Grandma King grew up; and the introduction this summer of dusty-coloured, striped linen, inspired by childhood daytrips to the English seaside.
Wood founded the label after working in wholesale fashion for over a decade, and is keen to support British manufacturing. Appropriately enough for a brand built on so much history, both professional and personal, the family-inspired King & Tuckfield also owes its existence to a £2,000 inheritance.
Alyson Walsh is the author of Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous, published by Hardie Grant. She blogs as That’s Not My Age. To read more of her How To Spend It columns, click here.